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Poster: auteurfilmmaker Date: May 3, 2010 11:29am
Forum: movies Subject: Filmmaker needs information

Hello,
I just found this website and am amazed by the wealth of material that is claimed to be "public domain". A lot I find, quite frankly, hard to believe. How do I authenticate that the television archival material I wish to use is, in fact, public domain and I am allowed to use it in my films?
thanks so much!

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Poster: Sama-El Date: May 3, 2010 4:18pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Filmmaker needs information

You're best option if you're willing to use things from here is to use Prelinger Collection: http://www.archive.org/details/prelinger

EVERYTHING in there is guarranted to be Public Domain, and there are about 2150 different clips there :D Excellent for the filmmaker without much money to use, I know that's what I do! haha.
Good luck

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Poster: auteurfilmmaker Date: May 3, 2010 6:47pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Filmmaker needs information

Thanks so much, I will check this site out!

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Poster: auteurfilmmaker Date: May 3, 2010 7:13pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Filmmaker needs information

The site is great but it still says if I need a written license, I have to get the clips through another agency:

Q. If films on Prelinger's website or Internet Archive are in the public domain, why do I have to pay for them?

A. Prelinger Archives allows free access to many (but not all) films from their collection on the Internet Archive site. However, the Internet Archive does not provide written permission to use any material, and the user therefore assumes all risk when repurposing Prelinger footage. By way of contrast, when you license Prelinger clips from Getty Images, Getty Images will indemnify you against claims for copyright infringement relating to copyright in the footage clip. Getty Images charges for this service.

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Poster: Sama-El Date: May 3, 2010 8:17pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Filmmaker needs information

Yeah, that's If you want an extra legal safety, in case you want a legal confirmation, but you know: There is on the left of the prelinger page ( http://www.archive.org/details/prelinger ) a clarification about the rights in wich Rick Prelinger, the founder of Prelinger, offers EVERY content there in the Public Domain. I copy and paste:

Rick Prelinger and The Internet Archive hereby offer these public domain films from Prelinger Archives to all for free downloading and reuse.

You are warmly encouraged to download, use and reproduce these films in whole or in part, in any medium or market throughout the world. You are also warmly encouraged to share, exchange, redistribute, transfer and copy these films, and especially encouraged to do so for free.

Any derivative works that you produce using these films are yours to perform, publish, reproduce, sell, or distribute in any way you wish without any limitations.

This statement of rights describes the rights granted to you so that you can use films from the online Prelinger collection at the Internet Archive.

Your right to use these films is granted by the Creative Commons Public Domain license. For details on this license, please click the Creative Commons license logo below.

Neither the Internet Archive nor Rick Prelinger can offer additional information regarding the rights to these films, or provide written license agreements. If you require a written license agreement or further information on the rights status of any Prelinger Collection titles, please see below.

Please be aware that:
-- the Creative Commons Public Domain license is the only license relating to films from the online Prelinger Collection;
-- the Internet Archive "Terms of Use" do not apply to the online Prelinger Collection;
-- the CC Public Domain license refers to the public domain status of the films, but not necessarily to every element that a film may contain;
-- and that other films, videos, texts and audio files hosted at the Internet Archive are not necessarily covered by the same license that governs the online Prelinger Collection. Please research these items individually if you wish to reuse any of them.

Descriptions, synopses, shotlists and other metadata provided by Prelinger Archives to this site are copyrighted jointly by Prelinger Archives and Getty Images. They may be quoted, excerpted or reproduced for educational, scholarly, nonprofit or archival purposes, but may not be reproduced for commercial purposes of any kind without permission.

If you require a written license agreement or need access to stock footage in a physical format (such as videotape or a higher-quality digital file), please visit our Stock Footage page. Neither Rick Prelinger nor the Internet Archive furnish written license agreements, nor do they comment on the rights status of a given film above and beyond this Creative Commons license.

Further information on works from Prelinger Archives can be found here. Questions should be directed to Rick Prelinger at Prelinger Archives, PO Box 590622, San Francisco, CA 94159-0622 USA.

This material is Open Knowledge

Public Domain Dedication
The works in this collection are in the Public Domain.


So, I don't see any need for that.

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Poster: auteurfilmmaker Date: May 5, 2010 9:26am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Filmmaker needs information

Thank you.
I would really like to use the ABC clip
http://www.archive.org/details/ABC1970

How can I find out who uploaded it and verify that it is, in fact, public domain??

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffThe_Emperor_Of_Television Date: May 3, 2010 5:45pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Filmmaker needs information

What TV footage do you want to use? I uploaded some of it, and I know about some of the items with "debatable" copyright status (like "Your Hit Parade", which is technically public domain but contains some covers of copyrighted music, and thus is probably not be safe to use in a film project).

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Poster: auteurfilmmaker Date: May 3, 2010 6:46pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Filmmaker needs information

Hi thanks for the reply. The footage I am interested in is in the clip http://www.archive.org/details/ABC1970

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffThe_Emperor_Of_Television Date: May 3, 2010 8:13pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Filmmaker needs information

That one is out of the question: While the presentation is uncopyrighted, most of the shows shown are under copyright. In other words, "the promo reel" itself technically PD, but clips, would create legal havoc, except for the bits of footage filmed exclusively for the special (it's sorta like taking a photo of a chain-store. The photo could be PD, but the store logos in it would still be trademarked)